Burrendong dam down to 7% Old ruins popping up everywhere

barnsey062

Well-Known Member
I did find something interesting though, I am working on an old block of units, the building was built in 1916 & looks like a block of housing commission flats, but a lot of searching later i found out where it all started out :)

this is what it looks like today
exchange hotel units.jpg

& this is what it was like in the early 1920's & 30's first pic is 1920's & second pic is 1930,
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& also found that it closed in 1933, its good to find something from the past & all the locals i have told never even knew The Exchange Hotel existed let alone the building they have always only known as a block of flats was once a hotel :)
exchange hotel wellington licence surrended 1933 closed.png
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Searching the web also brings up nothing on plane / other body recovery, only Bills link and the atsb pdf report.

It did drag this up, a map may still exist in reprint of the original township.

https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/863716/lost-stories-under-the-dam-finally-resurface/

Very interestingly, an associated airplane crash story popped up, a Cessna crash near Barrington Tops NSW, and it states . . .

“No trace of the wreckage has ever been found, making it the only plane to remain missing on Australian soil since WWII”

https://amp.dailytelegraph.com.au/n...x/news-story/ab9b5fa064dd3fe847bb111409c505ee

So Burrendong VH-DVN has either been found, or the Barrington crash story is incorrect.
 

barnsey062

Well-Known Member
Yes found that earlier yesterday through Bills link page 1.
How simple are those reports from likely ‘69 or early ’70 ??
1 and a bit pages for a 4 person fatal crash.

I can't find it on this wiki list but found another couple of planes besides the Barrington one that are still missing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missing_aircraft

October 21, 1978Cessna 182L
(VH-DSJ) 1
(Frederick Valentich) Unknown Bass Strait, vicinity of Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia (as reported by pilot) No radar confirmation of the pilot-reported position. Theories of the disappearance range from the pilot being deceived by the illusion of a tilted horizon, to a UFO encounter as shown on Unsolved Mysteries.
..........................................................................................................................................................................
And this one
February 16, 1974 Beech 95/B55 Baron
(VH-FWR)[91] 2 Unknown Queensland en route from Gladstone to Longreach
............................................................................................................................................................................
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Interesting with that list not having the Burrendong plane listed.
Maybe the local council has info on this, or police if there are some long serving officers based there.
 

billolga

Well-Known Member
I can't find it on this wiki list but found another couple of planes besides the Barrington one that are still missing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missing_aircraft

October 21, 1978Cessna 182L
(VH-DSJ) 1
(Frederick Valentich) Unknown Bass Strait, vicinity of Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia (as reported by pilot) No radar confirmation of the pilot-reported position. Theories of the disappearance range from the pilot being deceived by the illusion of a tilted horizon, to a UFO encounter as shown on Unsolved Mysteries.
..........................................................................................................................................................................
And this one
February 16, 1974 Beech 95/B55 Baron
(VH-FWR)[91] 2 Unknown Queensland en route from Gladstone to Longreach
............................................................................................................................................................................
We are getting off topic
The Captain & I had some fun with the UFO one conning a Senior Hostie we had spoted UFO's near Singleton (Army/Airforce night firing) - I got a punch in the arm for that later.
 

bear92

New Member
"On 22 November, 1982, under the control of the Police Resuce Squad, a
combined exercise involving Police Divers, local Police, the Volunteer Rescue
Association personnel, the Department of Public Works' Survey Staff, National
Parks and Wildlife, and the Water Resources Commission employees was
conducted at Burrendong Dam, Wellington, to evaluate equipment known as
the Klein Side-scan Sonar for use by the Police in future searches in deep water.
The exercise continued over four days and was successful in locating a Cessna
aircraft which had crashed into the dam on 31 July, 1969. The engine and
fuselage of the plane were successfully salvaged and the body of one of the
missing passengers was recovered after being trapped in the wreckage for 13
years."

Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...61833c8e.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0HArM_73fw9hNFYkl-ZATV
 

barnsey062

Well-Known Member
"On 22 November, 1982, under the control of the Police Resuce Squad, a
combined exercise involving Police Divers, local Police, the Volunteer Rescue
Association personnel, the Department of Public Works' Survey Staff, National
Parks and Wildlife, and the Water Resources Commission employees was
conducted at Burrendong Dam, Wellington, to evaluate equipment known as
the Klein Side-scan Sonar for use by the Police in future searches in deep water.
The exercise continued over four days and was successful in locating a Cessna
aircraft which had crashed into the dam on 31 July, 1969. The engine and
fuselage of the plane were successfully salvaged and the body of one of the
missing passengers was recovered after being trapped in the wreckage for 13
years."

Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj41enJno3hAhWR_XMBHYviBMYQFjADegQIBxAC&url=https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/90245c8bfba93b0eaf3fd3fd61833c8e.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0HArM_73fw9hNFYkl-ZATV
I searched high & low on google & came up with nothing, thanks for finding that, now i don't have to think the old fell at woolies was feeding me porkies lol
 

barnsey062

Well-Known Member
"On 22 November, 1982, under the control of the Police Resuce Squad, a
combined exercise involving Police Divers, local Police, the Volunteer Rescue
Association personnel, the Department of Public Works' Survey Staff, National
Parks and Wildlife, and the Water Resources Commission employees was
conducted at Burrendong Dam, Wellington, to evaluate equipment known as
the Klein Side-scan Sonar for use by the Police in future searches in deep water.
The exercise continued over four days and was successful in locating a Cessna
aircraft which had crashed into the dam on 31 July, 1969. The engine and
fuselage of the plane were successfully salvaged and the body of one of the
missing passengers was recovered after being trapped in the wreckage for 13
years."

Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj41enJno3hAhWR_XMBHYviBMYQFjADegQIBxAC&url=https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/90245c8bfba93b0eaf3fd3fd61833c8e.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0HArM_73fw9hNFYkl-ZATV
I searched high & low on google & came up with nothing, thanks for finding that, now i don't have to think the old fell at woolies was feeding me porkies lol
"On 22 November, 1982, under the control of the Police Resuce Squad, a
combined exercise involving Police Divers, local Police, the Volunteer Rescue
Association personnel, the Department of Public Works' Survey Staff, National
Parks and Wildlife, and the Water Resources Commission employees was
conducted at Burrendong Dam, Wellington, to evaluate equipment known as
the Klein Side-scan Sonar for use by the Police in future searches in deep water.
The exercise continued over four days and was successful in locating a Cessna
aircraft which had crashed into the dam on 31 July, 1969. The engine and
fuselage of the plane were successfully salvaged and the body of one of the
missing passengers was recovered after being trapped in the wreckage for 13
years."

Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj41enJno3hAhWR_XMBHYviBMYQFjADegQIBxAC&url=https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/90245c8bfba93b0eaf3fd3fd61833c8e.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0HArM_73fw9hNFYkl-ZATV
I actually found that pdf yesterday but after a quick scroll through it i never seen that story and closed the tab, even after another quick scroll through today on your link i gave up again lol, my eyes must be getting bad, think i need to go to spec savers :)
 

EffieC

Member
I visited the dam back in the 80’s and the dam was full, a few years later the dam level dropped drastically and the plane was found, was quite a shock when I found out that they had found a plane there
 

Talminecudal

New Member
Searching the web also brings up nothing on plane / other body recovery, only Bills link and the atsb pdf report.

It did drag this up, a map may still exist in reprint of the original township.

https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/863716/lost-stories-under-the-dam-finally-resurface/

Very interestingly, an associated airplane crash story popped up, a Cessna crash near Barrington Tops NSW, and it states . . .

“No trace of the wreckage has ever been found, making it the only plane to remain missing on Australian soil since WWII”

https://amp.dailytelegraph.com.au/n...x/news-story/ab9b5fa064dd3fe847bb111409c505ee

So Burrendong VH-DVN has either been found, or the Barrington crash story is incorrect.
Hi, I worked at Hazelton Airlines in Cudal in the late 90s and the hull of this aircraft had been recovered and was sitting amongst the trees near the aerodrome. I cannot say what the date was when it was recovered, but it was a sad sight, certainly knowing the history of the aircraft. It had been found when the water level dropped during one of the droughts.
 

barnsey062

Well-Known Member
Took the cruiser for a shake down run today to test the 12ht out & make sure everything was working ok, everything went pretty good with the engine swap, just need to save some coin & get a new exhaust to replace the standard 2h na exhaust that is restricting the full potential of the 12ht,
I dropped into Burrendong dam to check out the water level which is now sitting at 5.2%
thought i would get a couple of pics to compare the water level from my last few camping trips there.

The first few photos are from today & the last photos are from Easter 2018.
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these are pics from Easter 2018 taken at the same location. puts it into prospective of just how much water has gone from the dam, we need rain badly out here at the moment & lots of it!
burrendong test drive 12ht 015.jpg

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barnsey062

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The dam was looking pretty dry on Sunday, I took the dog over for the night for a spur of the moment camp :)
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Quick camp setup. no awnings, just open the doors get a few things out & we are done :)
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I used to camp between the two trees on top of the hill, this new campsite would normally be 40 or 50 feet under water.
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this is the old creek bed at the bottom of the dam.
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Triton14

Well-Known Member
How cool, have watched a few scuba diving vids of such ruins on YouTube, this is even better.
I’m driving home down the Newell Hwy about mid April, so maybe time to check this out and fly the drone for some aerial footage.

Can you camp there ?
I usually drive Adelaide- Bris - Adelaide either leg 2 days and stop just past Dubbo camping, so could work out well.

Like this one of the old township of Jindabyne when the Snowy scheme flooded the area-
 
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